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Steven Davis, Ph.D.

Steven Davis

"You have a right to be healthy, so exercise it.” 

- Steven Davis, Ph.D.


  • Professor of Clinical Exercise Physiology
  • Chair, Cal Poly Human Subjects Committee

Academic Background

  • The Pennsylvania State University
    Ph.D., Physical Education, with emphasis in Exercise/Applied Physiology, 1986
  • San Diego State University
    M.A., Physical Education, with emphasis in Adult Fitness, 1983
  • University of California, Davis
    B.S., Biological Sciences, 1979


  • Pathophysiology & Exercise
  • Electrocardiography
  • Echocardiography
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Exercise Prescription and Leadership
  • Nutrition for Fitness & Sport
  • Tennis


  • American College of Sports Medicine – Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist (2000)
  • American College of Sports Medicine – Preventive and Rehabilitative Exercise Program Director (1988)
  • American College of Sports Medicine – Exercise Specialist (1982)

Research and Interests

My research interests include the applications of physical activity for preventive and rehabilitative medicine: Ways in which exercise can both prevent and treat disease and enhance our abilities in extreme environments. I have published research concerning the physical fitness of firefighters. I am also interested in the ethical treatment of human subjects in research, and in the effects of involvement of faculty and student researchers in the human subjects review process on understanding of ethical behavior.

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